Record numbers of gilts and exhibitors highlighted the fifth-annual National Junior Summer Spectacular, in Louisville, KY.

With more than 575 participants representing 26 states, the race to win the Overall Sweepstakes Awards was close to the end. The Sweepstakes Award is based upon a combination of points from the gilt show, showmanship contest, skillathon and judging contest.

The senior sweepstakes award was presented to Kelton Mason, Plains, TX. He took home a $1,000 scholarship, from the American Yorkshire Club. In addition, he received a belt buckle and $500. Brandon Yantis, Findlay, IL. finished second, in the senior sweepstakes contest. He received a pewter plate and $400. Wrex Phipps, Kearney, NE, took home the third place prize. He was awarded a pewter plate and $300. Fourth place went to Jennifer Steinback, Wyandotte, OK. She received a pewter plate and $200. Thomas Titus, Arcola, IL, received fifth place, a pewter plate and $100.

In the intermediate division, the champion awards were presented to Brian Down, Cabery, IL. He received a belt buckle and check for $500. A second-place pewter plate and $400 was awarded to Brice Murphy, Linden, IN. The third place award of a pewter plate and $300 went to Seth Heimer, Colfax, IL. Danielle Stout, Olpe, KS, received fourth place and a pewter plate and $200. Fifth place was awarded to Jamey Albrecht, Crawfordsville, IN. She received a pewter plate and $100

The junior sweepstakes award was captured by Casey Heimer, Colfax, IL. He was awarded a belt buckle and check for $500. Second place awards went to Tegan Simmons, Tipton, IN. He received a pewter plate and $400. Finishing third and receiving a pewter plate and $300 was Warner Phipps, Kearney, NE. Jordan Malcolm, Huntertown, IN, placed fourth and won a pewter plate and $200. The fifth place winner was Kendall Smith, Indianapolis, IN. He received a pewter plate and $100.

In the novice division, the champion awards were presented to Michael Singletary, North Zulch, TX. He received a belt buckle and $500 check. A second-place pewter plate and $400 check were presented to Kane Austin, Mt. Vernon, IL. The third place award of a pewter plate and $300 went to Tana Simmons, Tipton, IN. Kane Weinberg, Trenton, IL, received fourth place and a pewter plate and $200. Fifth place was presented to Brock Heimer, Colfax, IL. He received a pewter plate and $100.

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